Blog #4

While most sixth graders might cringe at the thought of taking on an extra essay assignment, sixth-grader Kelsey Krueger summoned her writing skills to raise $5,000 for MS, and earned a ride in a 27-foot-long hot dog shaped vehicle.

Kelsey Krueger, 11, won a contest by writing a 100-word essay about multiple sclerosis, winning a visit from an Oscar Mayer Wienermobile and a $5,000 donation to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

“I thought it was a good essay, but I didn’t really expect it to win,” Krueger said.

Her father, Loren Kruger, a 44-year-old salesman for Cold Spring Granite, was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease in 1998 and now gets around with the help of a motorized wheelchair.

“I’m still surprised she won the contest but also at the drive she has. She’ always thinking of new ways to raise money,” Loren Krueger said.

Kruger, who entered the contest during the summer after watching a TV commercial, attends Madison Elementary School and likes to read Harry Potter with her father.

Krueger was one of 20 winners out of 75,000 in Oscar Mayer’s “Win the Ride of Your Life” contest. Oscar Mayer is a Kraft Foods name brand.

This isn’t Kruger’s only donation to the MS society. She has raised $9,346 since 2003.

We are immensely proud of her,” said her mother, Teresa Kruger, a 44-year-old nurse at St. Cloud Hospital.

She used her time with the Wienermobile to raise even more money for the MS society. “I thought it would be a great idea to use the Wienermobile to sell hot dogs for the MS Society,” she said. Kruger raised $1,923 from the sale of franks and root beer floats for $1 each at Cash Wise and from donations for face painting, Wienerwhistles and bracelets.

At the end of the event, Kruger was already thinking about her next fund-raiser, a used book sale at the St. Cloud Civic Center next weekend.

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